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Reef Report for Friday, October 25, 2002

Not Another Week of Perfect Diving Conditions!

Without trying to sound like I keep repeating myself week after week, the conditions on the reef are just simply fantastic at the moment. The winds remained between 10-15 knots and visibility up to 25 metres. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises The weekend could not have provided us with better conditions for going diving and snorkeling!

This time of year you donít have to travel far to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef. The diving conditions at Green Island, just 30 minutes from Cairns, have been great. The low winds are providing the island with very calm and clear water with visibility up to 20 metres and water temperature at 26 degrees.

Certified divers on board Big Cat were taken for a drift dive at the Northern side of Green Island. They reported seeing an array of fish species, including a large school of yellowtail fusilier, along with sightings of tiara batfish, sweetlip, black and white snapper, camouflage grouper and even a Star Puffer Fish. Introductory divers were taken to King's Cross dive site, where visibility reached 20 metres. They were very excited about seeing the resident Moray El swimming undisturbed in between the bommies. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises A large Loggerhead Turtle was also sighted. The Big Cat dive team was also happy for spotting two very young spinecheek anemone fish. Local open water students off Fitzroy Island last weekend were very surprised and excited at the same time to see a Leopard Shark while completing their training dives.

Divers on board Reef Magic Cruises this week sighted a Manta Ray while diving the Pinnacles at Moore reef. The wall dive at Moore reef produced plenty of sightings with a small tidal current for divers. Large schools of Barracuda, fusiliers and Surgeon fish were sighted. Local resident and mooch "Wally" the Maori Wrasse kept an eye out for everyone during the dive. Saxon and Milln reefs were also visited during the week.

Passengers on board Calypso in Port Douglas experienced spectacular snorkeling and diving at Opal and Tongue Reefs this week. Due to the wonderful calm weather divers have been doing a bit of exploring and found some beautiful swim-throughs, magnificent gorgonian fan coral, a Moray Eel, crayfish, reef Sharks and to everyoneís delight pods of dolphins. Visibility at Opal and Tongue Reefs was around 35 metres. Visitors on board Poseidon also enjoyed a great week of diving and snorkeling at Agincourt 1 & 3 reefs. Schools of sweetlips, and coral trout, along with white-tipped reef sharks and cuttlefish were only some of the fish sighted during the week at Blue Lagoon. Some excellent drift dives were experienced on Agincourt 1 at Triggerfish City with many pelagic fish being spotted.

DiveTheReef.com client Andy was on board Taka IIís Cod Hole and Coral Sea trip and reported a great week of diving. Winds stayed around 10 knots and plenty of sunshine, with visibility up to 35 metres along the Ribbons and 40-50 metres at Osprey Reef. Their quote for describing the conditions sums it up; "absolutely gorgeous diving weather". The shark feed at Osprey Reef saw sightings of white tips, grey reef, black tips and a Grey Whaler. Other sightings during the week were footballer groupers, dwarf spotted groupers and potato cod. Steveís Bommie was full of marine life, including tiger cardinal fish, flame file shell, masked rabbit fish, saddled puffer fish, painted shrimp and olive sea snakes.

Well plenty happening again on the reef with the conditions for the week-end reporting to be around the 15 knots and plenty of sunshine. So have a great weekend and as always safe diving!

(C) Pro Dive Cairns This weekly reef report was written by Steve Brady of Pro Dive Cairns, who compiles them from the dive trips he takes, as well as the many conversations he has with divers, dive instructors, captains, and others in the Cairns dive community. The report is published weekly in the Cairn Post, the local daily paper and appears here thanks to the courtesy of Pro Dive Cairns.

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